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"RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

In the movie "Rio Grande", John Ford creates the third in his "Cavalry Trilogy". The movie was actually made as part of a deal with Republic so Ford could make his beloved project, "The Quiet Man".
The film tells two tales, that of the U.S. Army battling Apache raiders who cross the Rio Grande into Mexico where the Army cannot follow. It also tells the story of Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke (John Wayne), who learns that the son he hasn't seen in fifteen years, Jeff (Claude Jarmen Jr.), has failed out of West Point. Then Jeff appears as an enlisted recruit under his command. Then Kathleen Yorke (Maureen O'Hara) appears, to buy Jeff out of the Army, only to face the opposition of "Ramrod, Wreckage and Ruin" Kirby, and the fierce pride of Jeff. She is also reacquainted with Sgt. Major Quincannon (Victor McLaglen), who had the unpleasant task of burning her home as Sheridan rode through the Shenendoah.
After she and Kirby meet, they walk past Quincannon who bows and says, "Welcome home, darlin'."
She turns to Kirby and says,
"I see you still have that arsonist with you."
Kirby replies, "If you mean Quincannon, he is a sergeant major in the United States Army. Anything he did long ago in the line of duty, he did in obedience to my orders - reluctantly, I might add."
Kathleen turns back toward Quincannon and says, "Oh, the reluctant arsonist."



Here is my version in 1/6.





It is Quincannon who brings Kathleen to Jeff's tent. She is there when the Apache attack the camp to free the prisoners taken earlier, and Kathleen faints when a soldier is shot.



I originally intended to make just Yorke and Quincannon. Then I found a female figure who more or less resembled Maureen O'Hara. I contacted my friend Amy at A J Clothiers who agreed to make up an outfit for Kathleen, with the linen traveling duster. Two days later, it was done, and the figure she used to model it was a lot closer to Maureen, though a brunette. We did a trade and I did what I could to make her a red head with a Sharpie. I added a wedding ring (to Kirby, too) and a hat band and a pair of gloved hands, all the rest is Amy's fine work. The snood works great to control the poly hair into a period look. Amy, I can't thank you enough!



The Yorkes are both DML, Kirby with some padding and Jeff ground as thin as I could get him. Quincannon hs is by JohnneyE4 as a commission, and painted by my friend Gordon, who also made Jeff's hat. Quincannon is on a very padded DiD muscle body, requiring lengthened BGT braces. The uniforms are mostly modified BattleGear Toys and almost all the leather is scratch-built. The sabers are SST, re-shaped and covered with Bare Metal Foil. Kirby's has a BGT hilt. The gauntlets are scratch-built using DiD WWII gloves, and Amy provided Quincannon's bandanna. Jeff's carbine is also BGT.





I call this, "Kathleen forgets she's a lady."



Any mistakes are mine, but I hope you enjoy them.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

You've obviously put a ton of work into these. They are excellent, one and all.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Very well done. I love the Duke.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

really love this, great work and excellent photos :thumb
 

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Fine group of iconic figures, Mark. I've got a real soft spot for Victor McLaglen, whose big, ugly mug showed so much wonderful range. Movies would not be the same without his magnificent presence.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Mark, wonderful group and I did enjoy seeing them. Great work, it is a bit of a shock seeing the figures in color. It would be something to see some behind the scenes photos of the movie done the same way. Always a pleasure to see your work here........Jim
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Outstanding work! I love the cavalry trilogy, and you've captured the mood of Rio Bravo perfectly.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Thanks everyone. Glad you enjoy them and appreciate the work involved. Spent 3 nights making the luggage for Kathleen, but Amy's efforts made it all worthwhile. McLaglen is everyones favorite sergeant, and you can count me in on that.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

awesome figures for classic movie and stars
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Great job Mark as always. Love the scenes! Are there bloomers under there?

You know what would be cool, I bet you could do a great scene from The Quiet man...
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Well done :) Good to see these iconic characters depicted in 1/6.
 

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there's always lots of emotion in your figures and dios, love this one!
 

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Beautiful job. I'm also a big fan of the trilogy and I really enjoy seeing it realized in 1/6th. It's great to see Victor McGlaglen, one of my all time favourite old actors. Amy's work is excellent as usual.
 

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Re: "RIO GRANDE" - Kirby, Kathleen, Jeff and the "Reluctant Arsonist"

Thanks again. Cesar, Amy insisted on making her some knickers, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Though, of course, I haven't looked. :jawdrop Kathleen was a lady, after all.
I have considered a "Quiet Man" bash, but would need another McLaglen. Perhaps, someday...
 
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